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James S. Pringle (except as specified)

Annual, perennial herb
Stem decumbent to erect, < 2 m
Leaves simple, cauline (sometimes also basal), opposite or whorled, entire, sessile or basal ± petioled; stipules 0
Flower bisexual, radial, parts in 4's or 5's, except pistil 1; sepals fused, persistent; petals fused, persistent or deciduous, corolla generally without fringes or scales on inner surface, sinuses between lobes generally unappendaged; stamens epipetalous, alternate corolla lobes; ovary superior, chamber 1, placentas parietal, often intruding
Fruit: capsule, 2-valved
Seeds many
Genera in family: ± 80 genera, 900 species: worldwide; some cultivated (Eustoma , Exacum , Gentiana )
Reference: [Wood & Weaver 1982 J Arnold Arbor 63:441–487]



Annual, perennial herb, generally glabrous
Stem generally simple below inflorescence
Leaves cauline, opposite (sometimes also basal)
Inflorescence: compact cyme or flowers solitary
Flower parts in 4's or 5's; calyx tube obvious; corolla tube narrowly bell-shaped, lobes spreading, < tube, scales 0, sinuses between lobes ± truncate, unappendaged or generally with a variously shaped, sometimes fringed appendage, nectary pits 0 (nectaries on ovary stalk); ovary stalked, style short or indistinct, stigma 2-branched
Species in genus: ± 300 species: temp to subarctic and alpine Am, Eurasia
Etymology: (Gentius, king of ancient Illyria, who might have found medicinal value in the plants)


G. plurisetosa C.T. Mason


Stems from caudex, decumbent to erect, 2–several, 5–40 cm
Leaves: basal ± 0; cauline many, ± evenly spaced, generally > 0.8 X internodes, 12–60 mm, 7–38 mm wide, elliptic to round; base sheaths at mid-stem generally > 5 mm; tips obtuse to acute
Inflorescence terminal; flowers 1–5 (also sometimes solitary at 1–3 nodes)
Flower: calyx 17–25(35) mm, lobes lance-elliptic, rarely ± leaf-like, not ciliate, obtuse to acute; corolla 35–50 mm, deep blue, lobes 7–14 mm, oblong-obovate to round, short-acuminate, sinus appendages divided ± to base into several thread-like parts
Seed winged
Ecology: UNCOMMON. Wet mtn meadows
Elevation: 1200–1900 m.
Bioregional distribution: Klamath Ranges, Outer North Coast Ranges
Distribution outside California: to sw Oregon
[not G. setigera A. Gray]
See the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
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